As a school, we use the HOPE mentoring approach to assist our students who need support, guidance and assistance in negotiating the challenges and complexities of teenage life. We have a specialist lead in this approach in Fiona Evans, Student Support, though all of this team are well-trained in this approach, and many students find the mentoring extremely valuable.

In addition, we use external counsellors to add to our support package so that we can assist wherever we can.

Equally, we are well aware that every parent wants their child to have the confidence and surety to deal with modern life and so we are flagging up an online HOPE Parent Support Session,

This Zoom session is entitled ‘Anxiety and School Avoidance’ and takes place at 7.00pm on Tuesday 26 September and 10.00am on Thursday 28 September and they represent a safe place to find information, to chat and to learn from one another through shared experience.

The link for this Zoom session is here.

Any parents who want more detail can contacted Keddie on 07508 176 043 or via

For more information view the HOPE flyer here.

Stacey Walsh, Assistant Headteacher, said: “The start of an academic year, for some pupils, can be a particularly daunting and unsettling time. Having the opportunity to offer parents the HOPE support sessions, so that they can help support their child/ren at home, is a great benefit.”